Verbania, together with Pallanza, was described as “a garden on the lake”.
Gardens are a characteristic of Lake Maggiore. Some are famous for their elegance and beauty, others are also known for their generous expanse and the incredible variety of flora. Thanks to the climate of the region and the meticulous efforts by experts to maintain them, these gardens overlooking the shore of the beautiful Lake Maggiore present a sight beyond imagination.
Villa Taranto Garden is famous all over the world for the large number of plant types that can be found here. The botanic garden is a riot of colours and fragrances with more than 1000 species of plants spread harmoniously over 16 hectares of land. The garden is the brainchild of Scottish captain Neil McEacharn who bought the villa in 1931 with the specific intention of creating a garden on the shores of Lake Maggiore. The garden and the villa has been maintained superbly by the authorities even after his death. The garden is full of eucalyptus, azaleas, rhododendrons, magnolias, maples, dahlias, tulips and dozens of tropical plants.
Isola Madre is the most voluptuous place I have ever seen in the world
(G. Flaubert, 1845)
Isola Madre is the biggest of the Verbano islands. It raises from the water with an enticing silhouette traced in the luxurious vegetation that covers the greatest part of it, as long as the squared palazzo in the southern part, which is also the highest. Isola Madre overlooks the Pallanza shores and, compared to Isola Bella and Isola dei Pescatori, looks secluded from the view.
Isola Bella Garden is a beautiful landscaped Italian garden designed by a group of famous architectures during the 17th century on one of the Borromean islands. The garden is full of exotic and rare plants which grow luxuriantly all over the island, thanks to the mild climate here. The garden is spread across ten terraces and is decorated with ponds, fountains and a number of balustrades, hedges and statues. The white peacocks that can often be spotted in the manicured lawns are quite popular among visitors. Isola Bella Garden is a must visit on your Lake Maggiore trip because of the sheer beauty of the place and the fantastic panoramic view of the landscape that can be enjoyed from the garden.
The park covers an area of about 18 hectares (approx. 44 acres), with alternating flowering avenues, meadows, large old trees and a charming summer garden.
Villa Pallavicino, closed to the public, expresses and sums up the charming and accomplished the ideal of the ancient residence on Lake Maggiore in the 800.